Addiction Defined Brain Disorder
August 16, 2011 by staff
“The addiction is about a lot more people who misbehave,” says Dr. Michael M. Miller of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, according to the Associated Press.
The ASAM said its revised definition applies to drugs, alcohol, gambling and compulsive eating. And, like other chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes, treatment is a long-term, the team reported.
Decades of research have revealed how addiction works in the brain, and the statement of the company’s new policy is both a review of goals, since it is an attempt by primary care physicians and the general public into the secrets the new addiction.
“The problem behavior is the result of brain dysfunction,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, told the AP.
“There are family members who say, ‘OK, you’ve ebeen a detoxification program, how do you take drugs?’” He continued. “The pathology in the brain persists for years after they stopped taking the drug.”
Miller said the new definition is no excuse for patients wanting to fight and treat addiction.
But he believes that an understanding of some of the reactions of the brain in the heart of the problem “in hopes of reducing some of the embarrassment of some of these problems is expected to reduce stigma.”
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